– BY REEMA CHHABDA
Tushar Jalota’s movie, which revolves around a flamboyant Chief Minister, Gangaram Chaudhary (Abhishek Bachchan) tells the narrative of a corrupt politician who is hell-bent on completing his Class 10 exam. Dasvi is a straightforward film with a clear message: ‘Right to Education.’
Chief Minister Gangaram Chaudhary is condemned to judicial detention after his name appears in a scheme. To avoid the difficulties of prison, the Haryanvi politician intends to sit for his Class 10 board exams while incarcerated. He promises that unless he’s Dasvi pass, he’ll never be a CM again. Meanwhile, in prison, Gangaram meets Jyoti Deswal (Yami Gautam), a no-nonsense Superintendent of Police who refuses to cater to his whims and fancies. Gangaram’s wife, Bimladevi (played by Nimrat Kaur), on the other hand, is motivated by a desire for power. To keep her husband’s post as CM in the family, she assumes his seat and later learns political techniques to prevent him from returning it.
The first half-hour flies by, thanks to the funny scenes, the naturally engaging cast, a sense of comedy, and the narrative’s vitality. The rest of the film is held together by a light touch and liveliness, albeit it wears thin beyond a point under the weight of its limited substance.
Tushar Jalota worked as an assistant director on films such as Barfii and Padmaavat, yet none of that shows in Dasvi. His strategy is to make it a slice-of-life drama with a grim setting. Not the appropriate formula.
Sachin Jigar delivers another upbeat album with only a few songs that have a longer shelf life. The soundtrack provides little to add to the movie watching experience.
In terms of acting, Abhishek Bachchan gives a strong portrayal as aggressive Chief Minister Ganga Ram Chaudhary. If the script had supported him a little more, he could have done a lot more with the part. Nimrat Kaur impresses as Bimla Devi, perfectly capturing all of the character’s layers. Jyoti Deswal is played by Yami Gautam, who gives her all to the role but isn’t quite believable. All three of them master the Haryanvi dialect.
In a nutshell, it is clear that the filmmakers intended to achieve the appropriate balance between imparting a message and entertaining the audience, and Dasvi delivers it with utmost honesty.
Dasvi is now streaming on Jio Cinema and Netflix.